Those pesky natives

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8 May 2013

…the colonists say that the natives want to go too quickly in their bid to shake off the chains of colonialism. Now let us never forget that only a very short time ago these same colonists complained of the natives’ slowness, laziness and fatalism.

Paraphrase of a passage on page 59 of the 1970 Penguin reprint of the Constance Farrington translation of “The Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon (1925-1961). The book was originally published in France in 1961 as “Les damnés de la terre”. Born in the French Caribbean department of Martinique, Fanon studied medicine at Lyon and subsequently worked as a psychiatrist in Algeria during the national liberation struggle against France (1954-1962), which ended with Algerian independence.

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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